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  • Welcome to the CT Guitar Society

  • From Bach to Blues, Flamenco to Folk, the Society provides guitar enthusiasts with unique opportunities to hear and play the guitar in intimate settings throughout Connecticut.

    The Connecticut Guitar Society is a non-profit presenting arts organization. It is the largest organization of its kind serving the general public and classical guitarists by providing a forum for listening, learning, performing and teaching.

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  • 2018-2019 Concert Season Update

    Detailed artist information for the 2018-2019 concert season can be found below or by visiting the 2018-2019 Concert Season page. You may also download the 2018-2019 season brochure and membership form or visit the Online Store to purchase tickets, memberships or to make a donation.

  • Upcoming Event / Concert

  • Ali Ryerson / Tony Lombardozzi Duo
    Saturday, November 17, 2018

  • 8:00 PM
    Asylum Hill Congregational Church
    814 Asylum Avenue
    Hartford, CT 06105
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  • Photo of Ali Ryerson / Tony Lombardozzi Duo

    This fascinating duo will play jazz standards and tunes by Thad Jones, Hank Mobley, Steve Swallow plus bossa nova.

    Internationally renowned jazz flutist Ali Ryerson, consistently voted among the top jazz flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll for nearly a decade, tours with her quintet and in several other configurations. She is currently promoting her new Capri Records release, "Game Changer," a historic big band recording featuring 16 of the music's most influential flutists.

    Tony Lombardozzi has been a fixture on the jazz scene since the 1970s and throughout the decades he has performed extensively with some of the legendary jazz greats. He has worked with Clark Terry, Kenny Baron, Bill Baron, Harold Danko, Art Davis, Don Friedman, Milt Hinton, Anthony Braxton and Grady Tate, as well as scores of other well-known jazz musicians.

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  • 2018-2019 Concert Lineup

    Hiroya Tsukamoto <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.60em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, January 20, 2019</font>

    Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston "INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)" which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records ("The Other Side of the World", "Confluencia" and "Where the River Shines"). Hiroya released[...]

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    Duo Alterity <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.60em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, February 10, 2019</font>

    Quickly emerging as a prominent chamber ensemble, Duo Alterity recently gave its Carnegie Hall debut after being awarded First Prize in the 2016 Vivo International Music Competition. Further establishing themselves as a significant duo, they also won First Place in the 2016 Hartt Chamber Music Competition, and First Prize in The Music of Americas Great Composers Competition. In addition to Carnegie Hall, Duo Alterity has performed at many major venues including the DiMenna Center for Classical Music and the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. They were also invited to perform at the [...]

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    Stephen Nystrup Duo <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.60em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, March 3, 2019</font>

    Emmy award winner Stephen Nystrup has traded in his bicycle messenger job in NYC and is now mountain biking throughout New England, and is playing in some of the great venues there. He has been around the world and back, both musically and geographically. Steve was born in Hartford and began playing the guitar at age twelve. "It was the most important thing in my life then," he says. Early influences were Sandy Bull, Tom Rush, John Fahey and Jorma Kaukonen. As a teen he travelled Connecticut playing in a trio called The Villigeaires. Steve began a musical journey that included two music [...]

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    Tengyue Zhang – GFA Winner <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.60em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, March 31, 2019</font><br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.50em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold; color: #818386&quote;>Guitar Master Series Concerts supported by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation</font>

    Guitarist TY Zhang received First Prize in the Guitar Foundation of American (GFA) International Concert Artists Competition in 2017, known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world. He has received First Prize in other top competitions as well in Austria, China, Russia and the U.S., including the GFA International Competition Senior Division, Austria’s Forum Gitarre Wien International Youth Competition, the Changsha International Guitar Competition, the 2017 Schadt String Competition, and the 2017 Alexander Frauchi International Competition in Moscow.   TY has [...]

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    Maria Zemantauski <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.60em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Saturday, April 27, 2019</font>

    Maria Zemantauski is a nylon-string guitarist and composer whose style is most significantly influenced by the Spanish classical and flamenco repertoire. She has performed in Spain, Italy and across the continental United States to great acclaim. Her albums, Mrs. Laughinghouse (1997), Seeing Red (2000), Under the Lemon Tree (2005), Petty Feet & Mistletoe (2010) and the self-titled, Maria Zemantauski (2018) have received stellar reviews from music critics around the world. Maria’s programs are a dynamic blend of artistic freedom, innovation and tradition. This is not surprising [...]

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  • 2018-2019 Concert Lineup

    Hiroya Tsukamoto <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.60em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, January 20, 2019</font>

    Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston "INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)" which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records ("The Other Side of the World", "Confluencia" and "Where the River Shines"). Hiroya released two solo albums ("Heartland" and "Places") from Japanese record label 333 discs. Hiroya has been leading concerts internationally including several appearances at Blue Note in New York City with his group and Japanese National Television(NHK). Hiroya performed, recorded and shared stage with Esperanza Spalding, The Kennedys, Joe Jencks(Brother Sun), Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Brooks Williams and Jim Kweskin.Save money and purchase tickets to the following three (3) concerts (Hiroya Tsukamoto, Duo Alterity and Stephen Nystrup):

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    Duo Alterity <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.60em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, February 10, 2019</font>

    Quickly emerging as a prominent chamber ensemble, Duo Alterity recently gave its Carnegie Hall debut after being awarded First Prize in the 2016 Vivo International Music Competition. Further establishing themselves as a significant duo, they also won First Place in the 2016 Hartt Chamber Music Competition, and First Prize in The Music of Americas Great Composers Competition. In addition to Carnegie Hall, Duo Alterity has performed at many major venues including the DiMenna Center for Classical Music and the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. They were also invited to perform at the Governor’s Mansion in Hartford, CT. Duo Alterity has performed in masterclasses for world-renowned musicians including the Imani Winds, Oscar Ghiglia, Denis Azabagic, the Lions Gate Trio, Antigoni Goni, and Richard Provost. Duo Alterity is praised for its sensitive musicality and captivating performances. Allison Makenzie Hughes is a flutist and piccoloist currently in her first year of graduate study at The Hartt School, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in flute performance under Janet Arms. She is a member of Hartt’s prestigious 20/20 Honors Chamber Music Program with her duo partner, classical guitarist Joseph Van Doran. Passionate about the flute as a solo instrument, Allison recently performed the Liebermann Flute Concerto with the Hartt Orchestra. An equally [...]

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    Stephen Nystrup Duo <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.60em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, March 3, 2019</font>

    Emmy award winner Stephen Nystrup has traded in his bicycle messenger job in NYC and is now mountain biking throughout New England, and is playing in some of the great venues there. He has been around the world and back, both musically and geographically. Steve was born in Hartford and began playing the guitar at age twelve. "It was the most important thing in my life then," he says. Early influences were Sandy Bull, Tom Rush, John Fahey and Jorma Kaukonen. As a teen he travelled Connecticut playing in a trio called The Villigeaires. Steve began a musical journey that included two music degrees, as well as stops in Europe, Boston, and Martha's Vineyard where he played to the famous locals in a band called The Ogres and was hired by Peter Asher to work with Kate Taylor. He eventually found his way to New York City where he studied classical guitar with Herbert Levine while simultaneously playing in a new wave band called Reverse that released one album on Warner Bros. Since his debut solo album, "C" flat, and continuing with Driving Rain, Steve has been hailed as a guitar wizard and acoustic guitar hero, and his performances, says Roger Catlin of The Hartford Courant, are filled with "clear, evocative guitar work." His music has been described as driving and rhythmic, healing, and absolutely uplifting Steve's audiences leave a performance feeling they have been on a spiritual, [...]

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    Tengyue Zhang – GFA Winner <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.60em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, March 31, 2019</font><br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.50em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold; color: #818386&quote;>Guitar Master Series Concerts supported by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation</font>

    Guitarist TY Zhang received First Prize in the Guitar Foundation of American (GFA) International Concert Artists Competition in 2017, known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world. He has received First Prize in other top competitions as well in Austria, China, Russia and the U.S., including the GFA International Competition Senior Division, Austria’s Forum Gitarre Wien International Youth Competition, the Changsha International Guitar Competition, the 2017 Schadt String Competition, and the 2017 Alexander Frauchi International Competition in Moscow.   TY has given recitals in Vienna, Serbia, China and the United States. His performance for the 2017 New York Guitar Festival was broadcast on WQXR radio. The GFA prize leads him on a concert tour starting in 2018 of over 50 cities in North America, including his recital debut in Carnegie Weill Hall, with additional dates in Europe, South America and his native China. TY performs Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Allentown Symphony in 2018 and recital/concerto tours in Russia as the prize of the Frauchi Competition. With the goal of sharing the love of music through guitar in every piece he plays, TY's concert repertoire is filled with diverse cross-genre music he loves. His debut CD will be released on Naxos in June of 2018, and includes works by Bach, Scarlatti, Brouwer, Assad, Tansman [...]

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    Maria Zemantauski <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.60em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Saturday, April 27, 2019</font>

    Maria Zemantauski is a nylon-string guitarist and composer whose style is most significantly influenced by the Spanish classical and flamenco repertoire. She has performed in Spain, Italy and across the continental United States to great acclaim. Her albums, Mrs. Laughinghouse (1997), Seeing Red (2000), Under the Lemon Tree (2005), Petty Feet & Mistletoe (2010) and the self-titled, Maria Zemantauski (2018) have received stellar reviews from music critics around the world. Maria’s programs are a dynamic blend of artistic freedom, innovation and tradition. This is not surprising considering that as a child, she resisted guitar lessons, telling her encouraging parents that she wanted to “discover the instrument on her own without being told what to do.” As one reviewer wrote, “Zemantauski has continually pushed the boundaries of the possible with her trusty 6-string, blending genres that have little or no business appearing on the same bill, much less in the same song. It's rarely less than electrifying to watch her do it." She believes that the expressive possibilities of the guitar are limitless and pursues her music with passion, confidence and grace. With a Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology, she is a relentless promoter of the arts as a vital educational component and an integral part of society. She is highly regarded for combining both [...]

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